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This Monday, I don’t really have an impressive story to tell about how I found out about today’s featured Good Music Monday band; I didn’t meet them in a basement, I didn’t hear about them from some friend who lives in a cool city somewhere on the west coast — no, instead, I found them through Spotify. These things happen. And it’s ok, because this group has quickly become my new favorite, my ipod already playing the newly purchased songs so many times over and over again on loop it’s like I’m a scarily obsessed person (I might be). It’s only been a few days, and I’ve already sent some of this new music to my dad! They’ve been introduced! Yes, I guess you could say things have been happening pretty quickly in this relationship. But, I can share, I guess. Here, let me introduce you to

Langhorne Slim

You know someone’s a good singer if they can, like, sing. In person. And especially on a porch.

One more… (there’s lots more on… Spotify! ugh. so. uncool.)

Add some Langhorne Slim to your ipod here.

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Something that’s sort of interesting about bands that become popular and then stick around for decades is that even though they’re still around, most of the time they’re really only still popular because of their past; because they’ve made some great music in their heyday, and they just happen to still be around and still strumming out tunes. I feel like if Elvis was still around, this would be the case: he’d still be swinging his hips or whatever, and his fans from the 60s would fill up his concerts and buy his new albums even though they might be totally different from “Hound Dog”. The same thing seems to have happened to Bob Dylan. I think his early music is great, and I think most people who are Dylan fans sort of casually ignore/forget that he’s pumping out new songs as well as charmingly reproducing his music from forty years ago. Speaking of reproducing (pun alert), Bob Dylan also made himself a son, who has gone on to make some lovely music of his own. So this Good Music Monday is a shout-out to father and son…

Bob Dylan & Jakob Dylan

and son…

Add some Bob Dylan to your ipod here.

Add some Jakob Dylan to your ipod here.

 

I flick on my blinker and ¬†suddenly realize that I’ve almost driven all the way home without noticing. Twenty miles flew by under the wheels of my SUV as I sat, thinking about other things. Four Corners by Josiah Leming starts to play on my ipod, and I think about how that song always tends to play when I’m almost home.

Josiah sings out of the speakers of my car, and I sing along with him.

“Must have passed at least a million homes,
Can’t but help and wonder which one’s mine”

I got two hours of sleep last night. No, this morning. I went to bed at 5:55am, got up at 8 to finish that paper I had stayed up all night working on. I feel so tired – so tired that I don’t think I’ll be able to sleep. Not the giddy tired, either. Just tired. Bone tired.

“Half of the moon is all that we get this time.”¬†

I drive down my road, towards home. It’s the middle of december, almost Christmas, really, and there’s no snow. No snow in Michigan in December. I wonder if we’ll ever have a white Christmas again. That’s all snow’s good for, anyway.

“Blink twice, it’s never real.”

I keep thinking about you. I want to hang out with you again. I think about how I’ve seen you more than I’ve seen any of my other friends in the past two weeks. I wonder if that means anything. Maybe I just like you because I like things when they’re new, when I haven’t gotten tired of them yet.

“I wish that my heart could eat away my brain,
‘Cause it swings in front of me and makes me insane.”

When I get home I curl up in a ball on the newish purple rug in my room. It’s comfy. Slowly I come to realize that I’m laying on the floor in my bedroom. I don’t care, though. Sometimes being a girl is painful. Sometimes being alive is painful.

“Four corners make a whole,
And the holes will drag you under.”

I’ve found that the deeper you get into the music scene, the more talented people you’re able to discover. It’s like they’re hiding from me…

Anyway, this summer I got to hang out with some amazing musicians, and in doing so both met and heard about a lot of other really amazing musicians… It was a good time.

This one guy I found out about, however, you’ve probably heard of. In fact, I really hope you’ve heard of him, otherwise, well, you must be out of it.

He’s on the radio quite a bit, and his popularity is really booming over here in the U.S. I hear he’s going on tour with Taylor Swift… I won’t say how I feel about that, but anyway…

Who am I talking about? Oh, come on…

Ed Sheeran

I’ll admit straight away that the biggest reason I have for posting this today is so I can put this music video up. I’ve listened to it/watched probably 40 times in the past two days. Have you ever had a song that you liked so much that you couldn’t bear to listen to any other song that wasn’t it? Yeah.

This song I liked so much when I first heard it, I went and bought it from itunes. I know. That shit cost me $1.29 – Not .99 like every other song. Who does Ed think he is?!

Maybe I’ll get drunk again. With his cat. I mean, really. Just great music, people.

Ed Sheeran in the wild

 

Happy Monday!

Get some of Ed’s (over-priced! just kidding.) music here.

Are you on Twitter? Of course you are! So’s Ed.

Can I call you Ed?

 

Another monday has found it’s way into our lives. Fear not – I’ve got some good music for you!

What is good music? Have you heard the junk they play on the radio these days? Aren’t there any talented musicians around?!

Of course! But they can be hard to find…

Wait! What about all that music that was made not-so-recently? As in, in the past? What happened to that music? People liked music way back then, right? Where did it go? There’s got to be tons of good music, just waiting for us (modern music archeologists, if you will) to dig it back up out of the dust!

I’ve found the first musician for you. (You’re welcome!) I was watching Martin Scorsese’s No Direction Home (watch it on Hulu! Fo’ Free!) when who should appear on the screen but

John Jacob Niles

What?! What a voice! (I’m a falsetto lover) I didn’t even know this guy existed! How many more fantastic artists have we forgotten? Let’s dig ’em up! (Not literally.)

Here’s another, if you’re into high-pitched male voices.

Yeeesss, please!

This stuff is from the 1930s. Can you believe it? People made music back then! Yes, shocking, I know.

Here’s a tip to remember: When the music on the radio is really bad, remember that there is tons of good music floating around waiting to be discovered! You may be surprised by what you find. I sure am! Ok, now, off to listen to more of Mr. Niles!

(Also, can we talk about how cool a name he had? John Jacob Niles, everybody!)

Add some J.J.N. to your ipod! No more crappy radio music for you!

Go ‘Way From My Radio.